The Town of Montgomery has three villages within its borders – the villages of Montgomery, Maybrook and Walden. It sits in the northern part of Orange County, bordering the Town of Shawangunk in Ulster County to the north, the Town of Crawford to the West and the towns of Wallkill, Hamptonburgh and New Windsor to the south. Among the community’s many assets are its beautiful rolling farmland, significant amounts of remaining open space, historic villages, and the Wallkill River.
Montgomery Community Economic Development
Montgomery has been known for many years as the hub of transportation for New York. Today, it still is, close to the New York State Thruway (Hwy. 87), the rail-hub at Middletown, and Stewart International Airport, which services JetBlue, Delta and US Airways Express. With its 2.5 mile long landing strip, Stewart was designated as an available emergency landing strip for the Space Shuttle.
The Montgomery Community is a business-friendly model for smart growth in the Hudson Valley because of its unique ability to balance open space and historic preservation that maintains its rural quality of life with economic growth that capitalizes on its locational strengths, including its vast transportation assets as well as the Wallkill River and proximity to the New York City metropolitan area. This balance provides a healthy tax base that has stabilized residential property taxes.
Residential development is healthy, three recently completed subdivisions have sold out; two additional developments are experiencing robust sales. With the expansion of industrial activity, demand for housing continues to be strong.
Wineries, Distilleries and Cideries
Wineries are plentiful in the area, and make excellent day trips. If a hearty red or perky white wine is what you fancy, the award-winning Whitecliff Vineyard is just 10 minutes away featuring world class wines to sample in their rustic Tasting Room. The Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest operating winery is one of sixteen vintners in the area. Escorted tours of these sites are a delightful way to see the winemaking process and and sample the local fare. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, visit Tuthills, the local distillery, for small-batch, handmade bourbons, ryes and whiskeys – New York’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition.
Several of the local wineries have also taken up distilling spirits, bottling their own brands of gin, vodka, bourbon and scotch.
Apple Dave’s Distillery
82 Four Corners Road
Black Dirt Distillery
114 Little York Road
Brown Barn Farms
286 Maple Avenue
New Hampton, 10958
Orange County Distillery
19B Maloney Lane
2241 Albany Post Rd
Walden, NY 12586
Antique shops also abound in Montgomery and the surrounding area, with little shops popping up along winding nearby roads. The village also has a wealth of unique retail stores and cozy restaurants. One of the best places to eat according to locals as well as TripAdvisor.com is The Cauldron, an Italian restaurant with outstanding food. They make their own pasta daily, and are always finding new twists on old favorites, such as their apple cider sangria. Another favorite is the Back Yard Bistro, which is literally in a back yard. It serves local fare with unusual pairings. Get a reservation because it only has seven tables.
For the serious shopper, nowhere is more perfect than Orange County’s famous Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet. With 220 stores and restaurants, it is the largest designer shopping outlet in the nation.
An unusual attraction that has become popular around Orange County is hot air ballooning. Several companies offer flights for visitors wishing to get a bird’s eye view of the countryside from high above. Flights last three to four hours and usually come with lunch and wine. For those interested in getting to the ground a little faster, they can skydive The Ranch in Gardiner, just 15 minutes away, a year-round skydiving club and school offering state-of-the-art aircraft and instruction. Jump from 13,500 feet above the earth in tandem, freefall or simple solo flights.
Montgomery is within easy reach of Orange County’s many outdoor attractions including its 27 parks. Goosepond Mountain, Bear Mountain and Harriman are state parks, offering hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating and many more activities. Bear Mountain actually has more visitors per year than Yellowstone National Park.
The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. Perkins Memorial Drive and Tower are open from April through late November, weather permitting.
An unusual attraction that has become popular in the area is hot air ballooning. Several companies offer flights for visitors wishing to have a bird’s eye view of Orange County’s
Above the Clouds
View beautiful rolling hills from a bird’s eye view. Fully insured flight operations with a certified pilot. May-Nov. Reservations needed.
Fantasy Balloon Flights
2 Evergreen Lane
Port Jervis, 12771
Hot air balloon rides. FAA certified pilots. Departs from Randall Airport, Middletown. May-Oct.
Hudson Valley Enchanted Balloon Tours
14 Franklin Lane
Hot air balloon rides with FAA certified pilots. Open all year. http://www.enchantedballoons.com
Wandering Winds Hot Air Balloon Adventures
PO Box 239
1-hour sunset and sunrise flights. Flights depart from Randall Airport, Middletown.
History and Culture
When Henry Hudson sailed his ship “Half Moon” up the Hudson River and into Cornwall Bay in 1609, he was the first in a long list of remarkable travelers to Orange County. These influential women and men determined the early history and culture of America. Travel back through time to the 1700s. It’s the end of the Revolutionary War and George Washington establishes his headquarters at a stone fortress in Newburgh, high above the majestic Hudson. Explore a place so rich in history, it’s America’s first Registered National Historic Landmark. Witness firsthand our battle re-enactments, fabulous fairs and one-of-a-kind festivals.
For links to Orange County’s nearby historic sites, go to these links : https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/history-culture/historic-sites/
Haunted History Sites: https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/haunted-sites/
Hiking and Trails: https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/hiking-and-trails/
Farms and Markets
Village greens in the Hudson Valley bustle with activity when multiple farmers come to town one day of the week in the growing season. Because of its many farms, Orange County has a host of these markets almost every day of the week in different cities. Each market has its own individual character with unique offerings and vendors who take pride in their homegrown products. You’ll find everything from produce to prepared foods, wine to flowers, crab cakes to quiche, inspiration to prepare delicious meals.
Farm Fresh Produce Stands and Farms: https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/farms-and-markets/farm-fresh-produce-and-more/
Weekly Farmer’s Markets (schedules and directions): https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/farms-and-markets/weekly-downtown-farmers-markets/
Maple Syrup farm: https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/farms-and-markets/maple-syrup-farms/
Performing Arts Centers: https://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/arts/performing-arts-centers/
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